Be your own life coach (Part 3 – Health & Fitness)



Treat your health and fitness as your most important client, make time for it in your diary and make that time non negotiable. Your health is the most important thing to you as without it you won’t be able to perform at your best.

4 Health Tips

1. Drink lots of water. Our body is made up of about 70% of water and so we should consume enough water to keep our body hydrated and functioning to its full effect. Buy a water bottle to carry around with you and make sure you have at least 8 glasses a day. Keep a tally so you know you’re on track!

2. Keep a food diary. Make sure you get 5 portions of fruit and vegetables per day and avoid processed foods. One of the best ways to ensure you keep healthy and stay on track is to keep a food diary and become really aware what you eat. Check out My Fitness Pal.

3. Be Active. Find out how you can build being active into your day to day life. Can you get off the train a stop early to and walk to work? Can you walk the children to school? Make a conscious effort to be active for at least 30 minutes each day.

4. Sleep well. Without sleep, our body clock loses its rhythm and starts to dysfunction, causing poor habits. Rest well and consistently each day. Keep your timings consistent so your body can set its routine. If you have problems sleeping early, learn some relaxation techniques such as meditation.

4 Fitness Tips

1. Value your training time. Build your training time into your schedule just like you would book in a work meeting. Your fitness is important and you wouldn’t cancel a work meeting so why cancel your training time?

2. Get a training buddy.  Partner up with someone to share some of your exercise with you. It could be a friend you go power walking with or someone you workout with at the gym with. Make it a regular time that you meet so you won’t let each other down.

3. Get a 12 week plan and monitor progress. Once you’re clear about your fitness goals get a personal trainer to set you a 12 week programme so you know exactly what you need to do for the next 12 weeks – it will soon become a habit. This will give you the focus and confidence that you’re doing the right thing! Monitor your progression.

4. Get your kit on! If you want to go to the gym, but just don’t feel like it, just get your gym kit on and get there. Odds are that once you’re there, you will do something.

The biggest excuse I hear with regards to health and fitness is “I don’t have time”. Make time. If it’s important to you, you will make the time.

I once heard someone say “those that don’t have time to look after their health will soon need to find time to look after their illness”.


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